from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tool similar to a hatchet, used for cutting and dressing roofing slates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tool, similar to a hatchet, used to prepare slate for roofing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tool for trimming and puncturing roofing slates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An instrument used by slaters for cutting and dressing slates; a kind of hatchet with a sharp point on the pole for perforating the slate to receive the nail or pin.


Variant of sax, from Middle English, knife, from Old English seax; see sek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English saxĀ ("knife"), from Old English seax. (Wiktionary)


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